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Bands/Musicians Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time  

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List Rules Greatest individual players, not groups. Includes players in many genres, past and present.

This is a list of the world's greatest players of the diatonic or chromatic harmonica.

1
490 131
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
247 452
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
250 531
John Popper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Jam band

4
169 443
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
141 454
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

6
121 421
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
129 459
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
118 426
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

9
117 440
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

10
105 425
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
97 429
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

12
98 435
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

13
92 444
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
84 437
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
79 409
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

16
75 441
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
68 424
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

18
66 416
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

19
53 420
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

20
51 416
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

21
52 425
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

22
51 422
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

23
50 414
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

24
44 407
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz, Blues

25
42 399
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

26
43 414
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

27
43 415
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues

28
43 419
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

29
42 416
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

30
36 391
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Blues, Funk

31
30 381
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

32
20 246
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

33
32 432
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

34
25 330
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

35
11 146
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

36
11 147
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

37
12 165
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden

Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

38
23 345
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

39
22 383
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

40
20 361
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Cham-bar Huang

Cham-bar Huang was a New-York-based classical harmonicist and noted teacher.

41
20 370
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

42
17 314
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Blues

43
18 342
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues

44
15 288
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

45
13 245
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

46
16 331
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

47
10 208
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

48
10 210
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

49
8 171
Susan Sauter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Susan Sauter

Susan Sauter is a German classical harmonicist

50
13 305
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler